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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year 1910
Volume XL, Part II (1910)

Toole, William
President Toole's address. Our aims and influence,   pp. 74-77 PDF (885.3 KB)

Page 74

those qualities which recommend it most strongly for the special
purpose in view. Many of the kinds grown 25 years ago have
been discarded and it is to be expected that many of the kinde
grown at the present time will be on the retired list in the next
quarter century. New varieties are receiving recognition eacn.
year. The progressive grower should not hasten to discard his
standard varieties for something new and untried, but should
be ready to introduce into his test plat those that appear to
possess superior merit.
In conclusion it may be somewhat of a disappointment to
some persons not to find detailed instructions in regard to the
various operations connected with small fruit growing. It must
be kept in mind, however, that the details on one farm may be
quite different and illy adapted to some other place, yet the
suggestions presented at this time apply in all places and under
all conditions.
(See discussion, page 122.)
Having occasion to look for horticultural information in some
of the early annual reports of our state horticultural society, I
was much interested in noting the trend of thought in the state
more than thirty years ago.
Then as now our people gave thought to the beautiful in
horticultural art, and then more than now the ladies of our
society helped to encourage and instruct in the principles of
home adornment. All of the various classes of fruit which
might be expected to thrive in Wisconsin were being tested,
and then as in these days the apple furnished the leading sub-
jects for discussion. At one meeting the late J. C. Plumb stated
that during the fifteen years previous to 1855 all of the leading
varieties of fruit common to the eastern states flourished here
in Wisconsin. Then followed disaster and a close revision of
the recommended lists of varieties.
Dr. Iobbins, president of the society in '1870, in his annual

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